TV chef upsets viewers by giving tips on best way to cook a cat (video)

Cat Meat

An Italian television chef was suspended indefinitely for recommending cat stew to his viewers. Beppe Bigazzi, a co-presenter on La Prova del Cuoco (The Cooks’ Challenge), said that the best way to prepare a cat was to soak it in spring water for three days in order to tenderize the meat.

The thought angered animal rights activists, with the Italian Animal Protection Agency calling for him to be fired.

As his fellow presenter, Elisa Isoardi, looked horrified, the 77-year-old food expert told viewers that, far from being a last resort in times of economic hardship, gatto in umido was “one of the great dishes of the Valdarno [in Tuscany]”.

The clip below is in Italian, but I think you’ll get the idea.


In the Philippines legend has it that Chinese steamed dumplings are made of kitty meat. The rumors started in the 1980’s and, according to some Filipino-Chinese residents in Manila, one famous restaurant in Binondo started producing dumplings with cat meat because they taste delicious.